ELECTRIC LIGHT SCHEME.
TO THE EDITOR
Sir,—lt was not my intention to writ one word in praise of the above scheme, as its success i 3 patent to all. But, Mr Henning, a3 usual, has resorted to his old ways in misrepresenting whatever the Council advo cates. As Mr Henning has reached the years of discretion, it is time ho tried to keep somewhat nearer to the truth. He makes rash statements—as the one in your issue of the 23rd instant, namely, that if the reservoir had been put lower down in Balguerie creek it would have caugh". twice the amount ot water that it is doing at the present intake, and that if the pipes are laid into Grehan creek they will not carry a drop of water in dry seasons. Now, to my mind, both these statements are bare--facel falsehoods, and I challenge Mr Henning to substantiate his statements, If he can prove either to be correot, I am prepared to pay the iutere3t on the £1000 loan for two years. With reference to Mr Nelson—l bsliove he is a thoroughly capable electrical engineer, but his scheme was too expensive and not compre. hensive enough, His visit cost the Council some £25, for which we received a, written report. It mattered very little to the rate, rayers whether he casne from Hong Kong or Timbuctoo, and bis scheme was not accepted by them. Our streets were getting into a very bad state from a lighting point of view, so (he Council went into the question of devising some plan of lighting them by electric ity The first suggestion was that a reser> voir be constructed on Mr Newtoo's property in Aylmer's Va.ley and a power house ereoted opposite his house, the current to be carried I down to the town for street lighting only. A meeting was called to discuss the proposed schenv, at which the proposal was well diecussed. There were a good many who were not in sympathy with it. I, therefore, as Mayor, thought it advisable to hold the mati ter over for a time, thortly after the meeting a Mr McGibbon was on a visit to Akaroa. He was an electrical eng neer in the employ of A. and T. Burt, electricians, of Dunedin He called on me and laid the present echeme before me. This scheme seemed such a practical one that I at once laid it before the Borough Council, the members of which adopt-d the proposal unanimously. The strong point in the present scheme is where the intakes have been placed, They are placed where we get the largest flow in"a dry season. Any sane person knows very well that water running during hot weather through flat shiugly ground exposed to the sun and hot winds evaporates, and is absorbed in the shingle very quickly. Seeing t* at both streams are about the same measurements of water at the intakes, it must appeal to everyone that the proposal te connect the Grthan Valley stream with the preeent elect ical re servoir is a thoroughly sound one, and will briDg in a substantial revenue in the near future. The revenue received from the sale of electricity at the present time is well over £500 per annum, and if all the houses in the town were connected we would be receiving a revenue well up to £1000 per annum. We have a new post office going up, Mr Phillips is building a new house, also Mr H. Newton, and there is also the new boatsheds and Mr A. MoFarlane's r sidence-and all of these houses are to be lighted by electricity. At every Council meeting we are having applica tions for electrical power. There are many residents who would like to instal kettles and irons, but are frightened to do so on account of f c shortage of water in dry seasons vvhen tbese»eonvenience3 are mostly required I !. 6 I e a an Val!ey stream is connected up, this dimculty will be clone away with. It is true we have to strike a rate for the raising of a loan of £1000, but this rate will never be collected. The Borough Council has never broken faith with the ratepayers in connec. tion with our loans. No rate has ever been collected for our wharves, bathing house, or electric hght schemes. Kates have been colleoted for water and drainage, but both these have been reduced on account of the Council receiving more revenue from them than was required for interest and sinking fund. The Borough of Akaroa is in a thoroughly sound fioancial position. Therefore, I aek every ratepayer to support the proposed loan, and vote for it on Tuesday next, It has always been the Council's wish to progress with stability. Our ambition, to-day, is to make Akaroa the chief tourist resort of Canterbury —I am, etc.,
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Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4368, 30 January 1914
ELECTRIC LIGHT SCHEME. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4368, 30 January 1914
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